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to respond. >> defense secretary panetta and chief dempsey said by the military could not do more to save the lives of about sitter christie's -- chris stevens and benghazi wants whatever 11th. >> in a the state's military is not and frankly not should be and then on one service capable of arriving on the scene within minutes to every possible contingency around the world >> republican senators were not satisfied. >> did you know, how long the attack would last? >> no idea is to make it last two days and never airplanes in the world before it was concluded? >> no senator. >> your responses are very inadequate and the same inadequacy for the security that you provided at the consulate. >> what did the president know and what he knew it. >> he did not asking about visibility what we could do? did you have further communications that night? >> no. >> did he call you that night to ask our things going? what is going on? where is the consulate? >> no. >> during that eight hour period to the presidential any curiosity, what kind of assets are helping? did he ever make that phone call? >> there
and general dempsey. i'm curious though, do you know what the cia was doing at that benghazi conflict, what was their job? >> i do not know what their job was, and i'm sure it was gathering intelligence, but the thing that was really frustrating about it is, general dempsey and secretary panetta who are admire, basically said, well, there was nothing we could do. it's 330 miles from the base in crete, to benghazi. if we'd had assets there, they could have reacted. remember, this attack lasted for seven hours, two of the americans died in the last hour. and they believed somehow this threat at the consulate in benghazi was no different than many other places in the world. i am absolutely confident there was no place in the world where there was the attack on the british ambassador, the red cross closed and on august 15th, a message that said they could not resist a sustained attack on the consulate and yet, there was no provision made to move any department of defense asset, either air or ground, anywhere near the consulate in benghazi. that's reprehensible. >> greta: and the reason that i a
, has to announce for his leadership on benghazi after panetta and general martin dempsey testified, they spoke to the president only once during the eight-hour attack. >> one time. >> right. >> you talked to him how many times? >> the same one time. >> graham and his republican colleagues repeatedly pressed panetta on why there was no direct follow up with mr. obama after they met in the oval office. >> are you surprised that the president of the united states never called you, secretary penta, and said how is it going? >> normally in these situations -- >> did he know the level of threat? >> let me wa finish the answer. we -- we were deploying the forces. he was being kept up to date. >> i hate to interrupt you but we've got limited time. we didn't deploy any forces. >> the white house has said little about what the president did do on the night of september 11th besides releasing this official photo. today the administration tried to shoot down any notion that the president was checked out with one top defense issue e-mailing fox saying we had multiple phone calls, e-mails, video
assistance to be rendered, at what point did he give that order. why did no one show up. general dempsey says the military respond appropriately. i will ask them what is an inappropriate response. the system failed. but the person i blame the most for benghazi is president obama. it's his foreign policy strategy that aloud this conflict to become a death trap. he's the one to share the blame above all others. martha: senator mccain poibtsd out the last two seals were killed in the final hour of a 7-hour siege. it makes the argument you can't respond to the second 911 call and they can't get there in time a little more complicated, doesn't it? >> it it's a system failure. when general dempsey says the d.o.d. responded appropriately. i think not. not one d.o.d. asset reached these people for over 7 hours. i just find it dumbfounding to believe that we could not provide any military assistance on 9/11 of all days. and given the history of the threat. reports out of libya and the terror situation. this is a system failure. no one is pressing the president. the mainstream media is giving the obama
, with martin dempsey, and john brennan, you were talking a lot about drones. there's been a lot of talk about the americans using drones against people linked to al qaeda. american citizens. you look at a case like this, and dorner, is this a case where you would think some time soon that we would use drones against american citizens, a case like this, where he's trying to kill people? >> no, i don't think so. and i don't think we'll ever get there. and i think it's very, very important to understand that the legal justification for using an air strike against an enemy combatant, no matter what their citizenship is, is longstanding in this country. and world war ii is the best example, where somebody would join forces with the enemy to fight the united states. they no longer have the benefit of the u.s. citizenship to protect them when they're an enemy combatant on foreign land, fighting the battle of the united states. so he was belligerent. in the al awlaki case, he's a belligerent to the united states. that's very different than having a united states citizen in the united states. they hav
as outgoing secretary leon panetta and martin dempsey were testifying before the senate armed services committee. they were asked about the administration's decision not to arm the syrian rebels in their effort to overthrow the assad regime. the plan had received support from the pentagon, the cia, secretary clinton. but ultimately it was the white house that turned down the idea. >> both of you agreed with petraeus and clinton that we should start looking at military assistance in syria, is that correct? >> that was our position. i do want to say, senator, that obviously there were a number of factors that were reversed here that ultimately led to the president's decision to make it nonlethal. i supported his decision in the end. but the answer to your question is yes. >> for both of you? >> yes. >> "the wall street journal" says the white house was concerned about which rebels could be trusted with arms. was also worried about the risk of drawing the united states into another military conflict. but it was questions over benghazi that led to the most heated moments with secretary pan
at an armed services farewell tribute. yesterday, panetta and martin dempsey testified about not having forces close to libya during the tax on the u.s. consulate there last september. >> based on time, distance and alert postures, they wouldn't have gotten there in time. >> time, distance, the lack of inadequate warning, it takes hours to be able to respond. >> republicans have been sharply critical of the obama administration's response to the consulate assault on september 11th saying the white house ignored warnings that the consulate was vulnerable to an attack. at the hearing, panetta and dempsey also revealed they supported arming rebels in syria. a direct contrast to the official position of the obama administration. >>> funeral services will be held at arlington national cemetery today for a virginia soldier. 28-year-old sergeant aaron whitman was a native of virginia and a graduate of the citadel. he was the first u.s. combat casualty of the year. sergeant whitman was based out of fort stewart, georgia. >>> a school delay to tell you about this morning, not that wear too surprised ab
this morning along with the chairman the joint chiefs of staff, general martin dempsey. lawmakers will hear about the the defense department's internal review of the attack. four americans were killed ambassador christopher stevens. 5:35 and 32 degrees on this thursday morning. >> still ahead, is the redskins' racist? that's the topic of discussion in d.c. today. coming up >> i'm nancy. i'm sareta. >> good morning, washington. >> hi, ladies. we're giving everyone a chance give a good morning greeting. sent a short video or a link clip.outube sure you ended by saying washington."g >> we want to check in with jacqui jeras. the weather forecast is not necessarily going to brighten our day. just think about hours, the top spectacular. clouds are filling in the head movingthat's in. ugly friday.n for more details, adam caskey. >> not a bad start to the day. temperatures are where they for early february, in the 20s to about 30 degrees. here is rockville outside the square building, in district of rockville. 31 degrees at this time at the storm chaser. high, thin clouds building in already, becau
, and the joint chiefs chairman, general martin dempsey. arizona republican john mccain asked about a report that president obama rejected a proposal to arm syrian rebels last summer. >> did you support the recommendation by secretary of state... then secretary of state clinton and then head of c.i.a. general petraeus that we provide weapons to the resistance in syria? did you support that? >> we did. >> you did support that. >> we did. >> suarez: so far, the president's judgment has been that things won't get better with american arms. instead, he's warned the weapons might fall into the hands of extremist elements, a concern reiterated today by the new secretary of state, who was asked about the deliberations last year. >> i don't know what the discussions were in the white house and i'm not going backwards. the new administration, we're going forward from this point. there are serious questions about al nusra and a.q.i.-- al qaeda in iraq-- and other violent groups on ground. >> suarez: those groups are among the most effective fighters against the assad regime. they include jabhat al nus
hill along with general dempsey, joint chief of staff. there are live shots of the hearing on going. secretary panetta who is right next to him says the military pre pictures for all kinds of situations but there were no specific signs of an imminent aeu that being on the diplomatic mission in libya. he says there simply was not enough time to reach benghazi with enough fire power to prevent the murders of ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. >> the inner agency response was timely and appropriate, but there simply was not enough time, given the speed of the attacks for armed u.s. military assets to have made a difference. jenna: national skhaourt correspondent jennifer given is live at the pentagon watching the hearing as it happens. what is the tenure of the hearing this morning? >> reporter: i think what is most interesting, jenna is as soon as democrats take to the questioning they bring up a totally unrelated element, they start asking the secretary about sequestration, about budget cuts. when the republicans are at the helm you have senator lindsey graham right
accompanied by the united states pershing zone army band. general martin dempsey spoke first and he will soon be followed by the president. all to honor the man whom on thursday senator barbara mackowski said was the one person as cia director who never jerked her around. this comes a day after john brennan, the man who hopes to be the next cia director, walked into a volatile confirmation hearing room full of protests and pointed questions over torture, ren dation, adition, a targeted killings in the war on proper. >> i think there's a misimpression on the part of some american people who believe we take strikes to punish terrorists for past transgressions. nothing could be further from the truth. we only take such actions as a last resort to save lives when there's no other alternative to taking an action that's going to mitigate that threat. >> mr. brennan took pointed questions from democrats and republicans alike. but it was the republicans most eager to press mr. brennan on areas other than policy. and on that count, mr. brennan not only parried, he pushed back. >> it is possible to put
. bring every one of these folks in, put them all on a panel. clinton, panetta, dempsey. bring all of them in. do it again. >> they brought mrs. clinton in there. you had this hearing yesterday with panetta and dempsey. that's where this information came out. >> i will protect the senate's rights all day long when it comes to any executive branch whether it's obama, clinton, bush or the next person. i'm not -- my desire is not to protect t protect executive branch. i like congressional hearings. i also like nonhypocrisy. joel just called this a scandal, a conspiracy. there is no conspiracy here unless you say it's a conspiracy. if there is have more hearings. bring them all in. >> it's hard to have fruitful hearings with people who won't tell you the truth. >> you're right. we didn't have much of that during the bush hearings. >> we may never know. a lot of holes in this story that came out dramatically yesterday when leon panetta was cross examined. that's the thing. five months later we're still getting new information. gentlemen, thank you. joel pollack, we appreciate it. jimmy williams
for a leon panetta. obama and gener martin dempsey will host the .eremony he served as defense secretary since june 2011. president obama has nominated to succeed him. president obama's second term getting started, but he is looking forward to the midterm elections. the president plans to hold at least 14 fund-raisers for year.ates this republicans accused him of being interested in campaigning and governing. york woman is free on bail after visiting a son jail. her in a passed oxycotin pills to her after french kissing him visit.the police of not said how the drugs were discovered. >> 5:50 this morning. >> moving on to the weather. icy and snowy depending on you live it. we are running the whole gamut of this morning. it does not have to go further than 20 miles to the west where seeing the winter mix. 34 your degree -- 34 your at reagan national. the postal system is in the station right now. 34 in gaithersburg. snow in frederick at 32 degrees. super doppler showing rain across parts of eastern maryland. just of the liquid a variety. of the beltway and head montgomery county thatrince
marten dempsey will host a farewell for him this afternoon. panetta testified before the senate arms services committee about the benghazi attack. he said current budget cuts hampered the ability to respond quickly to the attack. the looming budget cuts coming on march 1st would cause even further damage to america's national defense strategy. >> this is the beginning of a number of steps we're going to have to take that are going to badly damage our readiness. stop this constant uncertainty. this month to month situation where we don't know what the hell we're going to get. >> panetta leaves the defense department without a replacement. a confirmation vote for president obama's nominee chuck hagel is expected in the next few days. >>> 18 after the hour now. john brennan is on track to be the next cia director despite -- members of the senate intelligence committee grilled brennan about his defense of unmanned drones to target and kilter roar suspects overseas. that includes u.s. citizens. he told the committee that the obama administration only uses drone strikes when there are no o
sally, curious what you thought. touching on the idea of critical mass, and when general dempsey and the secretary of defense, leon panetta, have their press conference, general dempsey started talking -- someone from the press specifically asked about women in the special forces, and he talked a little bit about, you know, standards, and he talked about critical mass. i'll quote what he said because it's important to listen to, but, you know, he said, "i think we believe there's women who can meet the standards. the other part of the equation is in order to account for the safety and their success in those kinds of units, we have to have enough of them so that you know they have mentors and leaders above them. you know, you don't want one woman who meets the standard and put in another unit. the issue is not privacy. it's the ability of upward mobility and keep the command if she's one of one. we have to work the standards and the critical mass." i'm curious, and i know everyone has an opinion on critical mass, and while it's nice and there's targets and quotas and all of that,
? because martin dempsey affirmed that neither was she involved in conversations. the president negotiation, decided he needed a good night's sleep because he was going to vegas the next day for a fundraiser. the track is this eight-hour attack taking place in benghazi, and we're just now, five months after the event, just finding out the reason we never got a photograph is because there wasn't one of him on the phone. he wasn't on the phone. >> surprised to hear him say there was juan phone call made and he wasn't sure when or how long it lasted, and the one to secretary of state hillary clinton as well. shocking. >> it is shocking and it ought to continue to get a lot of attention on capitol hill, and to me it's a great indication of why democrats and republicans alike ought to be outraged and questions need to be asked. >> one other question to secretary panetta was, how come be didn't send assets? he said it would take 18 hours. well, we had assets in tripoli. should it take 18 hours to get assets from tripoli to benghazi. >> and you can always scramble fighter jets, only if they fly ov
on the senate side that leon panetta and general dempsey both said that he and hillary clinton had argued last season for arming the rebels in syria. more than 60,000 people have died, but that others on the foreign policy team pushed back, and the president made a decision not to. >> yeah. let me just say on this one i may be inclined toward the president. i'm not certain who those -- who would get those weapons. i don't want to fwet into too much detail. i'm also on the intelligence committee, but i'm -- i am not certain that those weapons wouldn't fall into the wrong hands, and that's a real problem we've had in syria. maybe more should be done earlier on to get better control of the rebels, but now to me there's too many unsavory pro-islamist elements among those rebels, so i am not certain that they should be given weapons. that's a tough call, and i'm not close enough to it on the ground, but from what i do know, i'm very leary about giving any weapons because they could end up in the hands of islamists. >> congressman peter king, it's great to have your perspective, and thank you and go
by republicans secretary panetta and the joint chiefs of staff martin dempsey say they were aware in the months before attack u.s. ambassador chris stevens was worried about security in libya. >> did you receive that information? >> i did and i saw -- >> so it didn't poertbother you? >> it bothered me a great deal. >> why didn't you put forces in place to be ready to respond? >> because we never received a request to do so. >> he reported benghazi was one of u.s. outposts receiving threats. >> the u.s. military has neither the resources nor the responsibility to have a firehouse next to every u.s. facility in the world. >> reporter: the white house has provided few details about the president's actions the night of the benghazi attacks. panetta revealed he briefed the president at the start of the attack, but the two men did not speak again that night. >> are you surprised that the president of the united states never called you, secretary panetta to say, how's it going? >> you know normally in these situations -- >> did he know the level of threat -- >> let me finish the
. what question would you ask leon panetta today and martin dempsey if you had a chance to? >> i don't think there's a big conspiracy. we didn't do what we could have. the military did not do something, they didn't fire whatever. my question would be why was there no plan? it's like if you close down your fire department and somebody calls and says my house is on fire. it would take awhile to get everybody back in there and get the fire trucks moving. on the other hand, if you had the fire department standing by, which is what we should have -- standing by -- we could have reacted. >>brian: when this book is written, you take your real life and connections and put them into novel concepts so they come out looking like real stories, one of which was syria. you put a call in to your friends and said what is going on there, i'm going to go research this. what happened? >> i try to be as current as i can. i want current events to be as realistic as i can be. current events are current, and i have a buddy of mine who is much smarter than i am on this type of stuff. i was heading over ther
leon panetta on "meet the press" this weekend, and martin dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs. let me ask both of you what kind of power that chuck hagel would have, assuming he gets confirmed? how does he move into this period where he has to really fight for resources from congress and also deal within the cabinet, deal with the white house? snoo that seems to be the real question now. it's not if he is going to get confirmed. the political votes are there. another republican came on board over the weekend. roy blunt will vote no, but not filibuster. the votes are there to confirm him. that is not the question. the question is he going to have the political swagger, if you will, that secretary of defense immediate to both operate inside the pentagon, and that's -- you heard robert gibbs, former press secretary yesterday say it was a little disconcerting watching him give those answers. they made a strategic decision not to have a debate with those republican senators. trying to not start fights, but was he too passive? >> there was a way to push back. david sanger, he could
hill hearing. leon panetta and martin dempsey testified about the benghazi attacks attacks. he accused susan rice of lying about the attacks when she appeared on the sunday tv talk shows last september. here is part of the questioning in that hearing. >> chairman dempsey, at the time of the meeting, would you have -- how would you have characterized the attack on the compound? >> i did not know. >> it could have been either one. >> that is right. >> it could have been spontaneous were preplanned. but i have to ask the same question, would you agree that was a preplanned attack? unequivocably? >> at the time, when this was going on, we were not sure was taking place. when i later found out that you had rpgs and there was an attack, there was no question in my mind. >> my position would be they knew that at the time because i have talked to several people that have stated they knew it. unequivocably that would have been a terrorist attack. the thing i am getting to come and do you agree that it was a terrorist attack? >> when i appeared before this committee three days afterwards
and dempsey said they department speak to the president or to hillary clinton personally. while there is a sort of apparatus in the white house to keep a president informed, they made it clear they weren't talking to anybody at the white house during the hours when this was just really on fire both figu figuratively and literally and graham was making the point no one knew how long the assault would last and so he was raising questions about why wasn't more military force and readiness available. there's a lot still not understood about benghazi and what happened and certainly people in both parties but we heard a lot from republicans who want to look even more closely even as panetta leaves this job. >> and we heard obviously something that has been a common republ republican refrain. you heard it during the questioning of hillary clinton over benghazi. kelly o'donnell, it's been busy on the hill. thanks for staying on top of it all. >> exactly 40 years ago tomorrow, president obama traveled to elkhart, indiana, to sell his economic stimulus plan. at the time the manufacturing
. and then a long time passed before he got any updates. but, general dempsey said that the president's national security staff was being constantly updated. so top staff members were in the loop throughout the whole thing. good enough? >> probably not. i think up until yesterday this benghazi story had been about hillary clinton, about susan rice, about the state department. yesterday it became about president obama. and the question was, where was he, after having a prescheduled meeting in the afternoon on that day, secretary panetta spoke to him no more. i think what became clear with lindsey graham's questioning about possible military activity is that nobody in the pentagon would have ordered military act ship without a specific order from the president. and the president wasn't around. rick: i want do ask you both, we have about a minute and a half left. another story came out of these hearings. that is the president himself, rick, himself opposed a plan that was supported by pretty much everybody else in his administration, to try to arm the rebels in syria. what do you make of that? >> y
and lars what we're hearing from general dempsey, it wasn't that they couldn't do it, it was they didn't get the request. >> that's right. and this is something that's significant, this isn't, marjorie, about blaming one person, it's saying there was a colassel failure at all levels. the president gets a briefing at five o'clock, he's told the attack is underway he then leaves the white house. he's absent. the military never gets a request from the state department. and the state department has a secretary of state, hillary clinton, who says she never saw the cables coming from her own ambassador, chris stevens, who cabled the state department to say, we're in trouble, not that night, but previous to that. plenty of warning ahead of time. there had been other attacks in the region, in that country. and the state department ignored it and not even bringing it to the secretary's attention. so, hillary clinton is out of touch and out of hand. >> i mean, it is hard, i think, for most people to believe, marjorie, that the president and the secretary of state were not constantly back and for
secretary leon panetta and joint chiefs chairman martin dempsey testified about it at a senate committee yesterday saying they backed the plan but the white house would not budge, showing a clear rift in washington in syrian policy. a u.s. official familiar with the deliberations said the issue is dead, at least for now. >>> john brennan, the president's pick to be the next cia director getting drilled at his confirmation hearing. he was pressed the targeted killing of terror suspects, including u.s. citizens. >> i think there's a misimpression on the part of some american people who believe that we take strikes to punish terrorists for past transgressio transgressions. nothing could be further from the truth. we only take actions as a last resort to save lives when there's no other alternative. >> the brennan hearing was interrupted several times by protesters. at one point, senator diane feinstein stopped the proceedings and actually had the room cleared. >>> all right. too close for comfort. scientists at nasa say a giant asteroid, about half the size of a football field, is headed o
'll talk about it. he showed up with the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, martin dempsey. finally you had a bunch of senators who wanted answers to their questions and therefore you had something you could really benefit from, if you were one of the many americans interested in getting to the truth about 9/11/2012. >>steve: we have heard stories about how navy seals and people in benghazi were calling for help. we heard about people on the roof painting where the target was going to be. why couldn't they send an aircraft? apparently there were ready aircraft 90 minutes away. leon panetta said we did the right thing. it would have taken somewhere between 9 and 12 hours to get an armed aircraft there. here he is. >> there was no specific intelligence or indications of an imminent attack on that -- the u.s. facilities in benghazi. and, frankly, without an adequate warning, there was not enough time given the speed of the attack for armed military assets to respond. >> once an attack takes place, the biggest problem you have is getting accurate information about exactly what is taking pla
defense secretary leon panetta and general martin dempsey will testify at a senate hearing on the deadly u.s. consulate attack in benghazi and libya. secretary of state hillary clinton appeared before the senate armed services committee last month. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed in the attack september 11th. >>> the boy scouts say they need more time, put off potentially historic vote yesterday on lifting the national ban on gay members. the organization will take this up during their annual meeting in may. >>> tim geithner is shopping for a publisher. the former treasury secretary is planning to write a book, of course is he, about his handling of the 2008 financial crisis. geithner came under fire for the bailout of the big banks when he was head of the new york fed. he's hoping to have the book done by next year. >> that's interesting, too, to hear a public announcement. i'm shopping for a publisher. >>> let's take you back to the national prayer breakfast, it's the 61st annual, we're still waiting for president obama to get up and speak, chuck schumer is
and the joint chiefs chairman general dempsey will both be at the hearing. that will be alive today on c- span. we will go to that hearing directly after the washington journal this morning. this afternoon another hearing, john brennan for cia, the senate intelligence committee. this will be live on c-span at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon. again, the national prayer breakfast begins in about 45 minutes. that will be live on c-span2, if you would like to watch that. the president will be attending and speaking there. one other hearing we want to point out, which will be live it 10:00 a.m. on c-span3 is education secretary arne duncan talking about waivers for the "no child left behind" bill. on c- like a 10:00 a.m. span3. robert is on our republican line for seamless. should sequestration be allowed to go through? caller: hi. we were calling it the fiscal cliff. all the sudden it seems we have gone away from that and we are calling it sequestration. i thought that the whole term "fiscal cliff" came about because sequestration was part of that. the media keeps differentiating that now. host: you don'
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